You know all about the Divine Mrs. M. She's the friend that showed us how to make Sun Dills. She's the friend that lets me get my baby fix by spending time with her now-almost-year-old son. She's also the friend that got me hooked on home-made Caramel Corn. Seriously. "My name is Erin and I have a problem with Caramel Corn." The most surprising part of this all? Before I tried Mrs. M's caramel corn, I would have proclaimed for all to hear that I didn't like caramel corn. I didn't. Now, however? I am hooked.
In my extreme kindness, I decided to share my addiction with you all. Why should I be the only addict? I don't think I'm your dealer, but I'm definitely your enabler!
Caramel Corn (Cracker Jacks)
Shared by Divine Mrs. M (from Cooks.com)
4 quarts popped corn (roughly 1/2 cup before popping)
1 16 oz container of peanuts (we left these out...we're not nutty)
1 cup light brown sugar
1 stick butter
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 250F.
2. Put popped popcorn in large bowl and set aside.
3. Grease large cookie sheet and set aside.
4. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly (set time for 2 minutes).
5. Remove saucepan from heat and quickly stir in the baking soda and vanilla. The mixture will foam up. Stir it down.
6.Add the mixture to the bowl of popcorn, mixing and stirring thoroughly with wooden spoon greased with butter. [When pouring liquid over popcorn be careful...the mixture IS HOT and RETAINS HEAT.] Add peanuts (optional).
7. When thoroughly mixed, spread the coated popcorn on a greased baking sheet. Do not overload the baking sheet (bake in multiple batches if necessary).
8. Bake 15 minutes at 250F; turn over using silicone spatula and bake another 15 minutes.
9. Allow to cool thoroughly and store in air tight container.
The entire thing takes about 40 minutes from start to finish. Oh, and clean-up is easy. (I thought it would be really difficult, but I was pleasantly surprised.)
A new addiction? Aren't you excited?